A new Investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Does Little to Explain Spate of Fatal Shootings and Beatings by Border Patrol Agents.Read full post
The ABA report makes recommendations on every stage of Texas’s capital punishment system. Law enforcement should use model practices when dealing with eyewitnesses; interrogations should be videotaped; biological evidence should be safely preserved and defendants should be able to have it tested. Crime lab standards should be standardized and test results verified independently and often. Texas should use national standards for arson investigations, give juries better instructions, and provide adequate counsel for defendants in every stage of the process.
Yet even if these and all the other recommendations were all followed, Anthony Graves would not be satisfied.Read full post
The study found that detained defendants had it worse all around. They were less likely than bond defendants to receive deferred adjudication or probation. And they were about half as likely to have their charges dismissed. That means in addition to having spent time in jail before their trial—which, obviously, the bonded defendants didn’t—detained defendants were likelier to get additional jail time.
Finally, among bonded and detained defendants who were sentenced to jail, the detained defendants received longer sentences. In brief, for being poor, they’re punished twice.Read full post
The Zetas money laundering trial in Austin took another dramatic turn, with the arrest of Francisco Colorado Cessa’s business partner and his son, for attempting to bribe the judge presiding over the trial.Read full post
(UPDATED 4:18 p.m. Friday) U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks continued the sentencing phase in the Zeta money laundering trial Friday morning. Austin Horse trainer […]Read full post
The Houston Police Department rarely punishes its officers for excessive force.Read full post
In the aftermath of the West, Texas fertilizer disaster, state agencies meet resistance from other fertilizer facilities.Read full post
Crime rates have been steadily declining in America, requiring a rethinking of drug prosecutions. So too with immigration prosecutions.Read full post